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Lincoln Performing Arts Centre Receives Second Grant from Culture Recovery Fund

Posted by Craig Morrow, 2nd April 2021, 00:01am

Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, owned and operated by University of Lincoln, has received a grant of £71,600 from the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund to help the organisation recover and reopen. More than £300 million has been awarded to thousands of cultural organisations across the country including LPAC in the latest round of support from the Culture Recovery Fund, the Culture Secretary announced today. Lincoln Performing Arts Centre was previously successful in its application for £153,363 last autumn, which helped to safeguard local jobs and support its creative programmes. This further commitment to the centre will allow University of Lincoln to plan for a more sustainable future for LPAC, reviewing its business model in the light of changes to the sector nationally and the needs of audiences locally, whilst providing infrastructure support through its transition. Artistic Director of Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, Craig Morrow, said: “We are incredibly grateful for this ongoing support in such difficult times. This second grant means that we now have the space to plan for our reopening in a way that will better address the needs of local communities, exploring the long term sustainability of the venue and revitalising our role within the city.”

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Light It In Red

Posted by Craig Morrow, 20th March 2021, 21:50pm

Lincoln Performing Arts Centre was lit up red on Friday 20 March for the final time as part of the We Make Events #LightItInRedCampaign, joining 2000 places across 25 countries to raise the plight of the hundreds of thousands of highly skilled professionals serving the events industry. Having previously lit up the outside of the venue, this time our technical team and students studying on the BA Technical Theatre and Stage Management course at University of Lincoln shone a new light onto our backstage areas, producing some wonderfully evocative images. Everyone is facing hardship as we collectively deal with the pandemic but the hospitality, events, and cultural industries have been hit particularly hard, with the voices of increasingly vulnerable organisations, small-businesses and freelancers increasingly falling on deaf ears. These normally viable and highly valuable organisations staffed by your friends, relatives, and the person down the street are at risk through no fault of their own and through the #LightItInRed initiative we stand as one with our colleagues across the world to lobby for temporary support until we can stand on our own two feet again. Certainly, some organisations are in a stronger position than others to weather the storm and

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Looking Forward

Posted by Craig Morrow, 23rd February 2021, 16:44pm

Following the announcement of the Government’s roadmap for reopening, we thought we would update you on Lincoln Performing Arts Centre’s plans. Whilst we welcome a timetable with clear milestones that show us the way forward, we do so with an air of cautious optimism. It is clear that social distancing will be in place for indoor events until at least midsummer, but we acknowledge that this is a moveable timescale, dependent on many factors, and that any events scheduled for later in the year may be subject to restrictions that might necessitate further rescheduling. Consequently, as we begin to put events on sale again for 2021, we would like to reaffirm our commitment to a money-back guarantee in the event COVID-related complications so that you can book with confidence. As we begin to reopen, we will be taking time to make sure we do so in a way that keeps audiences as safe as possible. Our plans for the rest of 2021 currently include a summer programme of community-led performances, alongside popular family entertainment and outdoor performance in the city. We then hope to re-open our café and offer a regular programme of activity across all of our spaces from

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Re-opening Update

Posted by Craig Morrow, 7th January 2021, 16:33pm

***An update on our re-opening*** Unfortunately, with the implementation of a new national Lockdown we have no choice but to cancel our re-opening plans for Lincoln Performing Arts Centre until April 2021 at the earliest. If you have booked tickets for any socially distanced live events scheduled during that time you will be contacted shortly. Our Artistic Director, Craig Morrow, has the following message: “Given the ongoing volatile nature of the pandemic it is with deep regret that we will now have to remain closed until much later in the year. Although we have constantly adapted to the Government’s ever-shifting guidance and timelines for re-opening, putting in systems and infrastructure to enable us to host socially distanced events, whilst devising new creative ways of allowing audiences to experience performance, we have been foiled at every turn and often with only a couple of days notice. This has undoubtedly been frustrating for audiences, but soul-destroying for staff and artists who have worked tirelessly to meet the guidance issued to the cultural sector. Although I completely understand and support the need for such reactive measures it makes it no less devastating. Back in the October 2020 we were lucky enough to receive

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Make Your Own THE SNOW HARE IN WINTER Christmas Decorations

Posted by Julie Ellerby, 18th December 2020, 10:19am

Make your own The Snow Hare in Winter Decorations and see them featured in the show! Lincoln Performing Arts Centre (LPAC), in collaboration with Under the Bed Theatre, are inviting families to get involved with festive craft-making activities and to see their creations become a part of this year’s Christmas show for younger audiences, The Snow Hare in Winter. Themed around the characters and imagery of The Snow Hare in Winter the crafted decoration ideas are made using both recycled and arts and crafts materials, including cork baubles, cardboard tubes and washed-out tin cans to create baubles, bright-eyed owl lamps and tin lanterns. The Christmas Decoration Project is an opportunity for family members of all ages to spend time together making heart-felt decorations to brighten up their homes during this, the darkest time of the year. Once completed, take a photo of your creations and send it to LPAC’s team to be included in the recorded staged theatre show of The Snow Hare in Winter which will be available to stream 24th December – 6th January. Entries need to be submitted to the venue by 20th December for inclusion. To find out how to make your very own The Snow

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Christmas Shows Adapt to Lincolnshire’s Tier 3 Restrictions

Posted by Julie Ellerby, 2nd December 2020, 11:10am

LPAC’s Christmas Productions Revised in Light of Tier 3 Restrictions Augmented Reality App and Live Streaming Save Christmas Shows! On Thursday 26 November the UK Government confirmed that Lincolnshire will move into tougher Tier 3 restrictions following the end of the second national lockdown on Wednesday 2 December 2020. Prior to the most recent lockdown, Tier 3 restrictions had not included live performance, and so it was hoped that Lincoln Performing Arts Centre (LPAC) would still be able to present a live performance experience for both A Distant Christmas and The Snow Hare in Winter this December. Consequently, with the inclusion of theatre amongst those restricted activities in the revised Tier 3, the Government’s announcement has had a profound impact on LPAC’s plans for Christmas. However, despite the disappointment that they can no longer continue to offer a live performance experience, both productions will still go ahead, albeit in digital form. These new digital offerings, whilst still a high-quality creative experiences, will come at a reduced price to reflect the change in format. A Distant Christmas is now purely app-based and will be free to download from Saturday 19 December 2020 until Sunday 31 January 2021 with a recommended donation

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A Distant Christmas: Rehearsing in 2020

Posted by Julie Ellerby, 20th November 2020, 16:16pm

Rehearsing in 2020 is different. How will the show be staged? How do we perform without touching? Another cast member in isolation…again?! Usually, the path to performance is a long and straight one, however not in the age of Coronavirus. The uphill hike to performance is uncertain and daunting for all creative teams at the moment. With that said, there are still many aspects of working on a production that remain the same, despite the obstacles. As undergraduate Drama students in our graduating year, we are expected to demonstrate a high standard of professionalism. Learning our lines, working with the director on character development and with the professional production team to bring the story to life through costume and technical effects are all still par for the course. We knew, going into this rehearsal process, that there would be obvious minor barriers such as wearing masks and socially distancing for all cast and crew in a studio space. These seem like small and obvious points but, as performers, we did not initially think about how these challenges would affect the production, especially in the rehearsal stages. It soon became apparent that we would need to spend many more hours tweaking

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Aakash Odedra 2 Live Performance Moves Online!

Posted by Julie Ellerby, 3rd November 2020, 15:08pm

In response to new national lockdown restrictions which are due to come into force on Thursday 5 November, the performance by Aakash Odedra 2, which was scheduled for Saturday 7 November on the University of Lincoln campus outside LPAC has now been moved online. Whether you’re a LSFPA student thinking of joining Aakash Odedra 2 or simply want to enjoy some much-needed art in your lockdown life then now is your chance to see the style of work the company creates and performs. Aakash Odedra 2 will be auditioning for dancers from the @UniLincolnLSFPA to form the new cohort of this pre-professional graduate dance company. With lockdown well under way the outdoor performances planned @universityoflincoln will now go online. On Fri 6 November, 5.30pm the company will be premiering this new work. Filmed on location in Leicester this unique performance created with Kesha Raithatha and Aakash Odedra brings the beauty of dance and the outdoors to your screen http://bit.ly/AO2Perform Image: Matt Cawrey

Fire & Light Trail Postponed to January 2021

Posted by Julie Ellerby, 3rd November 2020, 10:37am

Lincoln Performing Arts Centre (LPAC)’s Fire & Light Trail Postponed In response to new national restrictions, which come into effect on Thursday 5 November, LPAC’s sell-out event Fire & Light Trail, which was warmly anticipated by Lincoln locals has been postponed to the new year. The socially-distanced outdoor event, which was due to take place on Friday 6th November – just one day after the lockdown comes into place – was set to be the venue’s first public and non-digital event since it was forced to close its doors in March. The Fire & Light Trail is a pop-up outdoor exhibition that weaves its way through illuminated parkland in the centre of Lincoln. Lit by coloured stage lights, Lincoln Arboretum will serve as a backdrop to a stunning Fire Garden, comprised of Fire Stacks, Fire Sculptures, Fire Cans and lanterns, enhanced by pyrotechnics, fire juggling and a mobile forge – the Fire & Light Trail is a unique kinetic experience of heat and light. Having spoken to the various partners involved in producing the event LPAC is looking to reschedule the Fire & Light Trail on Friday 29 January 2021. It is possible that this might shift depending on the

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Venue Receives Vital Funding from HM Government

Posted by Craig Morrow, 17th October 2020, 08:29am

Lincoln Performing Arts Centre (LPAC) is delighted to announce that it has received funding from Round 2 of the Culture Recovery Fund to enable it to continue to deliver its vital work in to 2021. University of Lincoln, which owns and operates this city campus theatre and arts centre, applied for and received over £153,000 to cover a shortfall in income caused by the coronavirus pandemic restrictions, safeguarding local jobs and allowing the venue to begin to rebuild. Artistic Director Craig Morrow said: “I’m ecstatic and hugely relieved by this award as it allows us to support the livelihoods of local people working in a sector that has been ravaged by the coronavirus. It also means we have a safety net to continue to present creative experiences for the people of Lincoln whilst adhering to socially distancing measures, restrictions designed to keep everyone safe but which make producing work very financially challenging. This means more opportunities for outdoor events like our Fire & Light Trail in Lincoln Arboretum on 6 November and our socially distanced Christmas Shows.” —– The Culture Recovery Fund is part of #HereForCulture the HM Government response to coronavirus pandemic: “Culture creates jobs, supports livelihoods, and brings

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